Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

Le Voyage dans la Lune

September 1, 2011

On this day in 1902, Star Films released Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) which is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon. This film, directed by Georges Melies, is recognised as one of the first science fiction films to be made.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Voyage_dans_la_Lune

Out of this World

June 10, 2011

At the British Library in London there is an exhibition about the role science fiction has played in influencing scientific thought and discovery:

http://www.bl.uk/sciencefiction

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

If you’re wondering why everything is pink or red, the flower shops are doing a roaring trade and the restaurants are packed out with people looking dreamily at each other (or not) then it’s because today is Valentine’s Day. However, there are some people who won’t be doing anything today and it’s important to spare a thought for them, like this man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh8ZQu3I1Bc

(Originally broadcast on the Peter Serafinowicz show on the BBC)

H. G. Wells

September 21, 2010

Today would have marked the 144th birthday of the British Author, H. G. Wells. Wells, along with writers such as Jules Verne, was one of the first authors of science fiction with titles such as The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The First Men in the Moon and War of the Worlds. Here are a few links from Wikipedia that may be of interest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells

Star Wars Day

May 4, 2010

It is May 4th and today is Star Wars Day. Take a look at this if you don’t believe us:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day

And May the Fourth be With You!

Edgar Allen Poe

January 19, 2009

For the literati out there, it is, of course, Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday.

You can read about him here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe

and his work here:

http://www.online-literature.com/poe/

TOTD actually won a school prize once upon a time and given a copy of Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, have loved ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ and ‘A Cask of Amontillado’ ever since.

Poe is credited with one of the first detectives of fiction, C. Auguste Dupin, and is even known for some science fiction.  There’s a short essay about it here:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art24100.asp
and here:
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/eapoe.htm

And if all that’s not enough there’s a webliography to explore here:
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/poesites.html